THE ROOM Director Tommy Wiseau Approves of James Franco's THE DISASTER ARTIST
The Room is what many consider to be one of the worst movies to ever be made. It was funded, produced, written and directed by “entrepreneur” Tommy Wiseau for $6 million. It was supposed to be his passion project, instead, it turned into a cult classic.
Now The Room seems to be getting a breath of new life, a film about the making of The Room is making the festival rounds this fall and could become a cult classic of its own. The Disaster Artist stars James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Zach Efron, Sharon Stone, Melanie Griffith and, yes, Bryan Cranston as himself. The film was all the rage at SXSW this past March and is about to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Wiseau has been fairly quiet about the film, but now he has more or less, given his stamp of approval. James Franco told EW about Wiseau’s post-screening reaction:
“He didn’t see it until SXSW, and we were unsure of what he was going to think, especially because he said, [mimicking Wiseau’s accent] ‘Greg book only 40 percent true,’” recalls Franco. “It was like, well, that’s what we based it on, so what are you going to think about our movie? And that screening was so successful, it was like a rock concert. That and the ‘Spring Breakers‘ screening at SXSW [in 2013] would be the two greatest screenings of my life, I imagine. I was like, ‘So, Tommy, what did you think of the movie?’ And he said, ‘I approve 99.9 percent.’ And we were like, ‘What was the 0.1 percent? He said, ‘I think the lighting, in the beginning, a little off.’ [Laughs] I told Brandon [Trost, ‘The Disaster Artist’ cinematographer]. He was like, Yeah, maybe we should watch ‘The Room,’ get some lighting pointers!”
The Disaster Artist opens in theaters limited release on December 1st and goes wide on December 8th.